Pete Townshend is warning iPod users about the associated risks of hearing loss. On his blog, Pete blames his use of studio headphones for damaging his ears:
I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type of music that makes its principal components deaf. Hearing loss is a terrible thing because it cannot be repaired. If you use an iPod or anything like it, or your child uses one, you MAY be OK … But my intuition tells me there is terrible trouble ahead.
Question: Does an over the counter consumer iPod even approach the volume levels experienced by a lifelong rocker? Isn’t this sort of like The Who giving advice on properly caring for your instruments?
By the way, when a rock star makes a comment about hearing loss, it tends to get just a little coverage the media.